Home for the Holidays ~ 2011 The Living Room

Home for the Holidays 2011, the living room. Christmas living room decor ideas from a DIY decorator. Lanterns, fresh greenery, red ornaments and more.
I think my favorite room
to decorate for Christmas is my living room.
Lots of shelves, tables and places to put things.
I have a gigantic window that takes up pretty much a whole wall.
Along the window is a ledge.
It’s a great place to display seasonal
bits and pieces.
These cream lanterns move around.
Sometimes in the dining room or on the coffee table.
Here they are on the ledge.
On either side of the ledge are bookshelves.
They have had a million different looks over the years.
This year fresh greens, berries and pine cones dress them up.
This is the bookshelf on the other end.
Putting the TV here involved my usual drama
but it was so worth it.
Last year I bought a bunch of red balls
on clearance after Christmas.
They make fun vase fillers for hardly any money.
They don’t need watered and they don’t drop needles.
Still no Christmas tree.
But it’s on my list for the weekend.
If anyone has some pull with the weather Gods
I could sure use a snow day next week!


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  2. Have a very blessed Christmas in your lovely home!

  3. Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says:

    Ann, I love the way you have decorated. The decorations are done tastefully and very beautifully.—–Shannon

  4. Such a beautiful room, Ann! I love all of the pops of Christmas red in there … the lanters are lovely, and the plate is perfectly festive!

  5. Your living room looks lovely, Ann! I love the way you've filled your lanterns. I'm always stumped with what to do with mine.

  6. Hibiscus House says:

    You have a beautiful blog. I am now following you. I saw you At The Picket Fence Link..Visit me at Hibiscus House anytime.

  7. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    Very Pretty! Love the yellow and white printed chair! :)

  8. Hines-Sight says:

    Love the Holly Jolly Christmas plate with the lanterns. I love the simplicity.

  9. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says:

    Hi lovely lady.
    Your home is looking Beautiful for the Christmas Holidays as all way's!
    You have a way of putting it all together I love it.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape for the Holidays. i hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
    XXOO Diane

  10. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Very pretty, Ann! These little touches are my favorite part of Christmas decorating. Love that Holly Jolly tray with your lanterns!

  11. Hi Ann! Oh, how beautiful! I love your decor and your window sill is such a pretty place to decorate and you've done such a gorgeous job! Now you've got me wanting to put some red pillows in my living room! I love it and that chair! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. Tanya@takesix says:

    Your livingroom is beautiful, Ann! Love those lanterns. A Christmas tree is on our list for this weekend too! Thank you for visiting Take Six!

  13. gorgeous as always, Ann. I can always count on your for an elegant, sophisticated decor scheme. Love it!

  14. It's always amazing to me what a simple red pillow can do to a room. The window ledge is to die for!! Ah….the architectural details…:)

  15. Love all those special touches of Christmas around your room. Everything is so cheery.

  16. Tammy@Beatrice Banks says:

    Gorgeous Ann! You've added so many touches. I've never even noticed the trim work on your book shelves. Lovely. I just adore those shelves! Can't wait to see your tree.

  17. Something Nice and Pretty says:

    Hi Ann, I love your style of Christams decorating, everything looks just perfesct! Oh, and those pillows make my heart go pitter patter:) I do love the shelves and those lanterns too!

  18. Ann@A Sentimental Life says:

    I saw the Belva Plain book and it reminds me of my Mom, it was her favorite author.
    I love those lanterns, I bought some as gifts last year…why did I not get one?

  19. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Beautiful vignettes, Ann!

  20. Just beautiful Ann. I love the ledge and how you've decorated.


  21. Comeca Jones says:

    Everything looks great Anne!

  22. I love decorating our living room too for christmas. Next year will have to add more shelves though.

    Your decorating is beautiful. Love the lanterns.

  23. Your decorations, while simple, are quite elegant. Your house is beautiful in its Christmas finery!

  24. Everything looks beautiful, Ann. I love your lanterns and the red balls with all of the fresh greenery is lovely. Love the "Holly Jolly" plate.
    Have a great day,
    Hugs, cindy

  25. Barb and Dell says:

    Hi Ann, I love you lanterns with the red berries with the plate in between. All you red and green looks so festive.
    Thanks for visiting and following.
    Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

  26. At The Picket Fence says:

    Everything looks so beautiful Ann! Love all of these peeks around your house all decorated for Christmas!:-)

  27. It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas around your lovely home. You put out just the right touches to add a festive look to your room, great job Ann! Merry Christmas,

  28. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    Your living room looks so pretty and festive. I love the red cushion on the yellow floral chair – a perfect match.

  29. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    Ann your living room is certainly filled with Christmas cheer! Love the greenery on the shelves! Everything looks so pretty! Martina

  30. Very nice,Love the ornaments in the jars

  31. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Oh, Ann, I used to always wish for a snow day from school in December! Your decorations are really pretty. I put ornaments in jars, too. I just haven't shown them yet! Hope you get your tree up soon and that snow that you're wishing for!

  32. Ginger Zuck says:

    So very pretty Ann. I love everything, but especially the lanterns! Can't wait to see that tree and I will pray for YOU to have snow as long as it does not come this way! LORD NO!! Not now.

  33. Your decorations look just lovely. We had a snow day here in California, but it wasn't for the snow, it was for the wind!

  34. Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing says:

    Hi Ann, everything is looking so pretty and festive. You have a great living room to decorate. I wish I had those shelves!

  35. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Your room looks stunning and good luck on that SNOW DAY:)


  36. Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan says:

    It all looks lovely.

  37. Pamela Gordon says:

    Hi Ann, your living room looks fabulous. I love that window ledge and the way you decorated it! Very pretty space. Thanks for visiting today. Blessings, Pamela

  38. What a lovely room Ann, so warm and inviting. Your Christmas touches are perfect and I too love your lanters…so sweet!

  39. Gypsy Heart says:

    Ann, everything looks beautiful! You have such a lovely home to begin with…these holiday touches just add to it. Love the red!



    You home is lovely. I like all the greens AND your family pictures here and there. Have fun putting up your tree.


  41. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Each vifnette for Chrsitmas is beautiful! I love the moving lanterns, I'd move them around too, so pretty. Love to see the tree. Merry Christmas. FABBY

  42. Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor says:

    Just so pretty, little accents and just the right amount. Love the lanterns too. Bring on your tree, I'm sure it will be beautiful. Checking on those hooks tomorrow ;) will let you know

    Happy almost Friday!
    Andrea xx

  43. Ann, Love your greenery, berries and little, tiny trees…and of course the lanterns. Your living room looks wonderful.
    Wishing you a snow day and lots of fun decorating.

  44. NanaDiana says:

    Ann- It looks great. I love those balls as fillers. They are perfect! I love the way you have dressed the ledge~ xo Diana

  45. the touches of red here and there compliment the lovely cream of your room and i love the small watercolor on the shelf, France?
    The birch bark candle in the cream lantern is lovely.Such a cozy room you have,beautiful

  46. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    Ann, your living room is so pretty. Great pictures.

  47. Your vignettes are so pretty Ann,love those lanterns.

  48. Blondie's Journal says:

    I really like the lanterns and your sign…the greenery, too! Very elegant and pretty!

    Every time I come to your blog I mean to ask you about the wall paint you used in your living room. Do you remember the shade and who makes it? It is the perfect cream color and I need to paint my living room this spring.

    Hope you get your tree this weekend…I always get in the spirit once i have mine!


  49. Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says:

    I could use a snow day too! We are only expecting 1 cm tomorrow so I don't think that will happen. Love your bookcases and little vignettes. Although I have lots of vignettes for Christmas I always feel like I need more vertical spaces and little tables. Love that deep window.

  50. Olive Cooper says:

    The lanterns are marvelous on your generous ledge. Happy Christmas Ann

  51. Lovely Christmas vignettes!

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